The Maremma is one of the most beautifully suggestive parts of Tuscany. Here, nature is still uncontaminated and present in all its majesty and power: from the coasts, to the coastal lakes, to the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, to the rolling hills that rise up the slopes of Mount Amiata, the ancient volcano that dominates the landscape.
It’s an area that has cultivated vines since the time of the Etruscans, who left important signs scattered over the landscape. Their necropoli or tombs, some of considerable size, are built or carved from the local limestone. They also left objects such as wine vases, goblets and jars, some meticulously carved, that show how central wine production and consumption was to their culture.
Antonio Moretti has spent his summers in Maremma since he was a child, particularly in the Tuscan Maremma, which extends from the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west to Mount Amiata in the east and from the river Ombrone in the north to the river Albenga in the south.
He has always been in love with this incredible land and in 1999, already owner of Tenuta Sette Ponti in Castiglion Fibocchi (AR), he decided to buy lands in Magliano in Tuscany (GR) with plans to produce great wines on the Tuscan coast.
The company, Poggio al Lupo or Wolf’s Knoll, takes its name from the surrounding area and extends for 24 hectares, (15 of which grow vines) over the Magliano hills.
The vines, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Vermentino, are cordon trained and grow on the lower levels of the coastal hills at around 140 metres above sea level, facing the south and the south west.
The view from the vineyard is breathtaking: in front is the island of Giglio, on the left the Talamone promontory where the Uccellina Natural Park is situated, behind are glimpses of the wild woodland areas that rise up to Mount Amiata.
The climate is Mediterranean, warm but airy, thanks to the proximity of the sea that brings gentle breezes every morning and evening.
The deep soils generally contain, sandstone, limestone and clay with rocky layers.
The vines grown for Morellino di Scansano (recognised as docg since 2006) are concentrated in the most sunlit and elevated areas of the property where the air circulates freely. The moist soil gives us a soft and graceful wine.
The Vermentino vines cover around 7 hectares, at a lower and cooler height of around 100 metres above seal level. The soil here is rich in minerals and limestone producing a fresh and mineral-flavoured wine.
Vermentino originated along the Mediterranean coasts and is one of the most ancient wines in Italy. The grape is the most widely cultivated white grape along the Tuscan coasts, an area perfectly suited to its cultivation.
The Cabernet Sauvignon vines cover 6 hectares. They grow in limey-sandy soil, with a high iron content which renders it brick red. A deep rocky layer favours good drainage and heightens the temperature variations between day and night, enriching the aromatic qualities of the wine.